The Secret to Challenge Success

There’s little doubt that we’ve all been facing challenges of late. Some of us have risen above them, others have totally bombed dealing with them. Sometimes how you deal with them is less of a reflection on you and more on your lack of preparation should things like that arise. I know, no one really wants to prepare for the worst that could possibly happen, but the fact is that sometimes the worst does happen and we need to be prepared to deal with it.

I don’t believe that the best solution is to bury your head in the sand and hope it goes away. This almost never works. And when it does it’s more of a fluke than a strategy. You would think that with all of the natural and other disasters we’ve had over the past decade that people would learn how important it is to be prepared, yet we continue to have hope that it will all turn out OK and we won’t be challenged.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s essential to hope for the best. The hope we have does make a difference and helps us work together better than if we always started with the impossible rather than the possible. But hope only goes so far. It doesn’t take action on your behalf, you have to do that.

So when challenges show up it’s up to you to step up and give it your best shot. The first couple of challenges will be rough since you’re not used to dealing with them. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try hard to get out of the challenge with the least amount of damage to you or others involved.

The secret to successfully working through challenges is you! You’re the secret weapon that will be able to turn the challenge into a success or make it a worse mess than it already is. If you’re responsible for getting yourself in the pickle in the first place you’ve got twice the work to do to get out of it. But if the challenge is not of your choosing or causing, then it’s an opportunity for you to show the world what you’re made of.

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

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